Tuesday 11 September 2012

Private William Henry Thompson

Born on 11 October 1897 in Toronto, Ontario – son of Robert Thompson, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as salesman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined No.2 Overseas Army Service Corps Training Depot, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 29 March 1916 (number 776028) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 5 or 6 July 1917 – invalided sick to England on 2 October 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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